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History of Mother's Day

Homage to mothers dates back to the Greek's annual spring festival that was dedicated to Rhea, the mother of numerous gods/goddesses. On the fourth Sunday in Lent, Christians celebrated this festival in honor of Christ's mother, Mary. In England, the day for honoring mothers was celebrated in mid-lent and was called "Mothering Sunday."

Mother's Day started approximately 150 years ago in the United States when Anna Jarvis, a homemaker from West Virginia, organized a day to draw everyone's attention to the poor health conditions in her area. She called it "Mother's Work Day." Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to join forces and rally for peace.

When Anna Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter, Anna, set out to honor her mother's memory. At a service in 1908 to recognize her mother's life work, Anna passed out white carnations, which were her mother's favorite flower. In 1910, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for government officials to wear white carnations on Mother's Day. On May 9, 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday. The second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone companies register their highest use as children around the world take time to honor and to express appreciation for their mothers. For the past 15 years, PoetryGift.com has given thousands of customers the opportunity to show their love and appreciation for their mothers with a personalized Poetry Gift.
Famous Quotes about Mothers:

Abraham Lincoln: "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."

Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all."

George Washington: "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."